The European Union’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier has said he is worried at the lack of progress in the latest round of Brexit trade talks, warning that a deal looked unlikely. Barnier lodged his warning on Friday at the close of the seventh round of trade talks, which again got stuck on key issues, mainly fishing rights and competition rules.
German doctors have been allowed access to the hospitalized Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, raising the hope that authorities might allow him to be transferred to Germany for treatment soon, his chief of staff said. Leonid Volkov, Navalny’s right-hand man, said what he described as the sudden and unexpected decision of doctors in Omsk not to release Navalny to the waiting air ambulance, was a cover-up to prevent the world finding out what happened to him.
The military junta ruling Mali following this week’s coup is seeking a transitional president to return the country civilian rule, the group’s spokesman said. His words come as West African leaders are escalating pressure on the junta and urging them to restore President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita to power. Wague, however, denied that the junta had carried out a coup d’etat, saying that Mali still has constitutional order.
Libya’s rival authorities have announced an immediate ceasefire. The Tripoli-based and internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) published a statement that also calls for elections in March next year. The truce was also agreed by an ally of Gen Khalifa Haftar, who controls large parts of the east and south of Libya. Libya has been riven by violence since Col Muammar Gaddafi was deposed by Nato-backed forces in 2011.
The rate at which humanity is consuming the Earth’s resources declined sharply this year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to researchers. Consequently, Earth Overshoot Day, the point at which human consumption exceeds the amount nature can regenerate in a year, has moved back by over three weeks from 29 July in 2019 to 22 August this year.